Madama Butterfly @ DUCTAT on November 12th 2015
A stunning new production of Madama Butterfly visits Abu Dhabi and Dubai in November, promising to transport audience members back to the early 1900’s with exquisite set design and world-class direction.
One of Puccini’s most popular works, this Italian opera will be made accessible to both spectators new to watching opera and those who already love it; an English speaking actress will narrate her interpretation of the action on stage throughout.
Referred to as ‘the Japanese tragedy’, Madama Butterfly’s rich poetic words and melodies tell the story of a young geisha transformed through a journey of love and heartbreak. Monica De Rosa McKay, the only Italian Soprano resident in the UAE takes this title role of Cio-Cio San.
Monica says of the event: “I am honoured and grateful to perform Madama Butterfly in the UAE, the most heartfelt and evocative of Puccini’s operas. This production promises to be extraordinary thanks to the visionary direction of Alex Broun from Constellation Dubai, the internationally acclaimed cast of singers and beautifully hand painted set by the Italian set decorator Massima Barone”.
Monica is joined by other Italian singers flying in for the performance, Tenor Gian Luca Pasolini playing B.F. Pinkerton, Baritone Gianfranco Montresor playing Sharpless and Mezzo-soprano Agata Bienkowska taking the role of Suzuki. Pianist-conductor Piero Corradino Giovannini expertly accompanies the group.
The production will be one of the key cultural events of the Italian Festival Weeks the annual cultural, social and economic forum organised by the Italian Industry & Commerce Office in the UAE. The festival spans over five weeks running 1 November to 7 December.
Madama Butterfly shows at Dubai, Centrepoint Theatre Ductac, November 12th at 8pm and Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace Auditorium, November 14th at 8pm. VIP tickets to the Dubai show are inclusive of a post-concert reception at Italian restaurant SOLO, Raffle Hotel, Dubai.
Tickets for Emirates Palace Auditorium in Abu Dhabi, starting AED200 from www.timeouttickets.com.